Out of the Blue

Over the weekend I replaced my (theoretically) squirrel-proof birdfeeder because the plastic was beginning to crack and the hard to clean areas of the feeder made me concerned I was starting to poison the birdies with moldy seed. It seems that what started as an impulse buy of a teeny feeder a couple of years ago has blossomed into a full hobby, as we now have that feeder and a smaller one MrsBlue found that's filled with seed specifically to attract goldfinches, all hanging from a specialty pole attached to the deck railing. This is situated in the area formerly occupied by the Mulberry tree I felled, which is highly visible, so now we're just waiting for the birds to rediscover it in its new location.

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Rockn-Roll wrote on May 10, 2011, 11:15:
Repeat after me, "There is no such thing as a squirrel-proof bird feeder." I've pencilled into my bird book sightings of the common bushy-tailed flightless bird. It's so common that the other birds just ignore them unless the squirrels start hopping around.

Well, we'll see. This one has a very long and wide cylinder for the seed, and a flat perch on the bottom on a spring that will give out under the weight of a squirrel, so it doesn't seem to offer them any access. It seems pretty fool-proof, but as has been noted, those squirrels are nobody's fools. I'll be happy if it just slows them down, as whenever one managed to thwart my other "squirrel-proof" feeder I would find him latched onto it like a leech, seemingly inhaling seed.

My mother has 3 of the thistle socks (filled with niger/thistle) hanging under a tree which get an average of 30 goldfinches hanging around it all day...it gets kinda noisy with that many. If you have them just outside your window then be prepared to be woken up every morning at the very instant that the sun shows itself.

This feeder is also for niger seed, with openings small enough that they don't pour out, in spite of being so tiny. I'm told the squirrels don't like that seed so much, so hopefully between that and limited access, they'll leave the finch feeder alone, as it has no squirrel defenses at all. As for noise, our yard gets pretty loud all summer, so I don't know this will be an issue, but I guess I won't be able to say for sure until it happens.
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